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Working on a Facelift

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Work continued today on the facelift to the strip of stores at 606 Post Road East owned by Westport’s Kowalsky family. The shopping complex will soon be the new home of the Vincent Palumbo Salon, operated by Vincent Palumbo, former principal of Peter Coppola Salon. It opens in September in 4,200 square feet. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

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Vincent Palumbo today looks over the new premises for The Vincent Palumbo Salon, formerly the Peter Coppola Salon on Wilton Road,  which opens Sept. 8 in the newly renovated shopping plaza at 616 Post Road East.  Palumbo said that the area in the rear of the property has been resurfaced for parking more than 50 cars. He said the Peter Coppola Salon at 20 Wilton Road will have its final day of business on Saturday after 13 years in that location. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

EMS Chiefs: CPR Training Can Save Lives

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Westport EMS crew chiefs Martin Iselin (l) and Marc Hartog told the Westport Rotary Club today that if more Westporters learned CPR, it would make the community safer and undoubtedly save lives. “Seattle is a community where CPR training is widespread,” Hartog said. He said such training combined with a rapid EMS response and a short time to defibrillation, has dramatically improved the survival rate for witnessed cardiac arrests in Seattle. He said Westport EMS offers frequent CPR courses and urged residents to take advantage of the training opportunity. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Staples Science Teacher Dies at 43

UPDATE Stephen G. Roberts, a science teacher at Westport’s Staples High School, died Sunday in New Haven while undergoing a routine procedure in a hospital, Principal John Dodig said today. He was 43. WestportNow.com Image
Stephen G. Roberts: “looked forward to meeting new students.” Contributed photo

In an e-mail to Staples parents, Dodig said: “I received very sad news over the weekend that science teacher Steve Roberts died while undergoing a routine procedure in the hospital.

“As you may know, he was very ill last year with cancer but worked diligently with his doctors to put up a good fight. He returned to us last year to complete his teaching assignment and to be with his students.”

Dodig said Roberts taught summer school for four weeks “and looked forward to meeting his new students this year.”

Al Dainwood, 67

Duron A. (Al) Dainwood, 67, of Westport, passed away Thursday, Aug. 26 at the Rosenthal Hospice Residence in Stamford.WestportNow.com Image
Al Dainwood: Guitarist and vocalist. Contributed photo

Al was born March 26, 1943 in Dallas, Texas son of the late Duron A. and Bessie (Smith) Dainwood. He moved to Connecticut in July to be near his sister.

In 1971, Al moved to Houston, where he continued his career as a guitarist and vocalist, developing a loyal following for his sensitive baritone interpretations of The Great American Songbook.

A special favorite was “Here’s that Rainy Day”, by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke. Mr. Dainwood’s reputation extended from the East Coast to the Isle of Wight.

Policed Arrest Shoplifter Found With Machete

Westport police today arrested a 34-year-old Bridgeport man after he was spotted taking $200 in personal care goods from the CVS store at 397 Post Road East. When arrested, he had a machete with him in his car, they said.

Police said the suspect was tracked to the back lot of Honda of Westport, 1372 Post Road East, after officers spotted his car on the Post Road.

In his possession was more than $200 in personal care products which were taken from CVS, police said. Also located in his vehicle was a two-foot machete.

Police said Jose Fontanze of Bridgeport was charged with larceny and operating a motor vehicle while under suspension. He was held on $10,000 bond for a court appearance on Sept. 14.

Robert G. Ripston, 49

Robert George Ripston, 49, of Torrington and a former Westport resident, died Aug. 26.

Born in Rockford, Ill., he was the son of the late Robert and Laura Ripston. A 1980 graduate of Staples High School in Westport, he was employed many years at the Torrington Co.

He was particularly proud of helping with the aftermath of the San Francisco earthquake in 1989 as a volunteer firefighter.

Survivors include his brother Neil, sister-in-law Linda, sister Beth, brother-in-law Owen, nephew Kevin, niece Erin and best friend Barry Memorial donations may be made to the Last Post Animal Sanctuary, 95 Belden St., P.O. Box 259, Falls Village, CT 06031

Shirley M. Meeker, 82

Shirley Metcalf Meeker, age 82 of Beacon Falls, formerly of Fairfield, passed away peacefully with her family by her side Thursday, Aug. 26 at the Hewitt Memorial Hospital in Shelton.

Born in Fairfield the daughter of the late Jessie and Sarah Metcalf, she had been a Fairfield resident for most of her life. Shirley was a retired supervisor for the Westport Transit Authority.

Survivors include four children, Frederick Meeker, Jr. and his wife Tina of Shelton, Raymond Meeker and his wife Elisa of Beacon Falls, Harold Meeker and his wife Colleen of Shelton and Robert Meeker of Bridgeport; a sister, Dorothy Lotker of Bridgeport; five granddaughters: Kelli, Jodi, Nicole, Sara and Samantha Meeker; a great-grandson, Timothy Meeker; a son-in-law, Ivan Francetic of Seymour; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter, Karan Hine Francetic, a sister, Virginia Toth; and her loving companion, Harold Hine.

Graveside service will be private. In lieu flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Swim Across the Sound, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06606.

Irene M. Corcoran, 85

Irene (Rene) M. Sabo Corcoran, 85, of Westport and formerly of Moorestown, N.J., died Aug. 23 at the Waterford Regional Hospital in Ireland.

Born in New York, she graduated from Cushing Academy and attended Cornell University until leaving for a theater career. She transferred to Catholic University toward the end of World War II, and then met and married decorated serviceman Joseph Corcoran.

She became director of the Moorestown Theater, working with Basil Rathbone, Mercedes McCambridge and Rue McClanahan. She like international travel, and visited China, Cuba, Italy, France, Austria and Mexico, but was particularly fond of Ireland.

Following the death of her eldest daughter, Mary, at the age of 17, Corcoran changed her career field to work in the insurance business. She was the winner of the Conference of Champions award many years and eventually opened her own branch of Allstate in Cherry Hill, N.J.